Rockingham Friday qualifying notes/

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Pit Notes Frtom IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC from Harley Communications. Top Fuel Bruce Litton - Litton established two new world records since the restructured rules (pending back-up) with a 4.776/308.21 ...

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Pit Notes Frtom IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC from Harley Communications.

Top Fuel

Bruce Litton - Litton established two new world records since the restructured rules (pending back-up) with a 4.776/308.21 during the first qualifying session. He also set a record at Darlington with a 4.82. Litton currently resides in the top spot.

Nitro Harley

John Mancuso- Mancuso encountered all kinds of engine woes in his first run and failed to make it down the track under full power. He is currently unqualified with a 7.732 and resides in the first alternate status.

Pro Funny Car

Von Smith - Von Smith didn't try to set the racing world on fire in his first qualifying shot. The defending event champion reeled off a conservative 6.156/218.62 in the NitroFish-sponsored entry. Smith was the 11th quickest.

Scott Weney- Weney won the unofficial driving award as he covered a half of a mile in 1320-feet with a 6.120/239.03. His run ended the session as the seventh quickest.

Pro Modified

Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley- Things didn't start off so well for Critchley, who pilots Johnny Rocca's 1949 Mercury. The flamed and fender-skirted entry launched hard, but got loose at mid-track and slowed to a 6.725/198.52. The Leesburg, Va.-based team is currently unqualified.

Mike Castellana- Castellana apparently rebounded from his failure to qualify at Darlington and rode the center-line quite a bit en-route to hammering out the ninth quickest lap with a 6.432/220.26.

Dale Brinsfield- Brinsfield didn't make a stout run in his first attempt, but it was enough to find a good baseline. His 6.511/214.83 was not enough to secure a place in the field and he's the third alternate.

Shannon Jenkins- Jenkins had a problem staging and went in deep-staged. His 6.607/219.29 fell considerably short of the bump spot. He resides in the 24th spot.

Ed Hoover- Hoover, hot off of his win at Darlington, made a stout run to open qualifying. His 6.390/214.21 was the fourth quickest in the first session.

Tommy Mauney- Mauney had all kinds of problems and nearly lost control of his 1941 Willys and shut-off with a 9.381/110.04.

Barney Squires- Squires piloting Roy Singleton's beautiful Majesty Homes-sponsored 1941 Willys to a spot in the field with a 6.470/217.84. He is currently ranked 15th.

Tommy Gray- After a brilliant display of showmanship, Gray failed to make the cut after the first session. He was .01 short with a 6.495/217.42.

Al Billes- Billes made up for his 1999 shortcomings at Rockingham by hammering down the top spot in the field. His flmaed 'Stude was tops with a 6.346/233.17.

Pro Stock

John Montecalvo- Montecalvo continued his good fortunes at Rockingham by hammering out the second quickest lap of the Pro Stock division. He opened up in the left lane and made the best of his adventure by hammering out a 6.68/208.46 in the Citgo-sponsored Chevrolet.

Floyd Cheek- Cheek found a good baseline with a 6.75/205.57 in his black-flamed Ford Probe. Cheek was the tenth quickest after the first session.

Gene Wilson- Wilson, who was hot off of a semi-final finish at Darlington, got off to a real impressive start as he cranked out a 6.73/206.20 in the other Ford in the Charlie Hunt Pro Stock stable. He was the sixth quickest of the 27-car field.

Chris Holbrook- Holbrook didn't think he was going to make it to Rockingham after team owner John Evans decided to pull the plug on his racing effort. The lifetime Ford driver gained a lot of help from his class comrades and made the first qualifying session in an Oldsmobile loaned from Ron Moser. Holbrook made his friend's proud as he hammered out a 6.84/204.08 for the 14th spot.

Dwayne Rice- Rice was in the first pair of Pro Stockers to run and he made the Pontiac fans proud as he coaxed out a 6.78/206.26 out of his Ohio-based Firebird. He was the 12th seeded entry.

Wally Stroupe- Stroupe didn't get off to a good start and his Monte Carlo got out of shape and he was forced to lift. The Trim Parts-sponsored entry coasted to a 10.712/82.65. He is presently unqualified.

Pro Outlaw

Mick Snyder- Snyder made the debut of his new Spitzer Y2K digger and it fared well. The second-generation driver hammered out the second quickest lap with a 6.276/215.86.

Mark McElwee- McElwee encountered engine problems at mid-track and was forced to abort his first qualifying effort. Despite aborting the run, McElwee was the fifth quickest with a 6.812/149.28 in the Powershield entry.

Laurie Cannister- Cannister established herself as the top car in the program. The recent Darlington runner-up had a lot more power than her engine afforded her as she hammered out a 6.189/202.64. A puff of smoke at the finish line apparently didn't help her efforts in the Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ entry.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , Bruce Litton , Gene Wilson , Dwayne Rice , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Tommy Gray , Shannon Jenkins , Al Billes , Troy Critchley , Von Smith , Mick Snyder